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Purple & Gold Day/The Western Challenge April 24, 2021!

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  On Saturday, April 24, Western Illinois University alumni and friends from around the world came together as one Leatherneck family for our annual Purple & Gold Day/Western Challenge to celebrate the date in 1899 when the Illinois Legislature approved the creation of what would become WIU. The day was kicked off with greetings from President Huang, followed by a virtual WIU bootcamp workout and Paint the Paws! In addition, the Western Challenge, our 24-hour online giving event, happened all day, uniting the Leatherneck community in giving back to Western.

Purple and Gold Day of Giving Schedule of Events (CST)

8 a.m. Launch the Day with WIU President Guiyou Huang - Watch recorded video HERE!

8:30 a.m. Live Virtual Boot Camp Workout with "World's Fittest Man" ... Guinness World Record Holder Joe Decker '98 and his wife, Nicole Decker, Gut Check Fitness Founders - Watch recorded video HERE!

10 a.m. Paint the Paws - CANCELLED due to impending weather conditions

 

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From Chris Foltz ... founder of #WIU Mega Reunion page:

#PurpleandGold Greetings #Leathernecks !!!

Your name on a piece of #Rocky history? - #MicroDonateToday Link with details below message.

As I am sure you have already seen (sorry I am so late to post) - We have an awesome opportunity to help WIU with.. Micro donations - that's right - it is the little things that count here. We want to show how engaged Leathernecks can be this Purple and Gold weekend. Got $5 - AWESOME. More engagement from alumni means WIU gets more access to financial support and opportunities. So lets see how many of us can make a micro donation. Thanks to our pals at the amazing #AlumniHouse for making it possible for YOUR NAME to go down in history - right next to something amazing. #WIUMEGAReunion 's very own Rocky. Custom painted for a cause... Your name can be right next to it on a plaque - That is so awesome... They won't let me give away painted Rocky statues like Oprah would .... but this is still amazing. Click the link below for all the deets - and lets engage - I am good for one less Extra Value Meal for a cause (and all the other reasons) and a micro donation in its place. Thank you all so much for continuing to champion this cause - We will have a poll in May to determine when our festivities will commence!!! - I talk about it in the video.

#LeathernecksGive

wiu.edu/westernchallenge/MEGA

 

One Day. One Leatherneck Community. Many Reasons to Give. Give here. 

 

Western Challenge and Purple and Gold Day custom frames now available for your Facebook profile picture!

 

1) Access your Facebook profile photo to click on the camera icon.

 

2) Choose "Add Frame."

 

3) Search "Western Challenge."

 

4) Save and Share!

 

Use #LeathernecksGive and share where YOU will be making your impact with your Western Challenge gift on April 24!

Influence the day’s success by encouraging your colleagues, alumni, classmates, and friends to support Western Illinois University on April 24!

It’s easy. Here’s how :

Create Your Account at  www.givecampus.com/schools/WesternIllinoisUniversity (or if you already have one, log in)

Then, when we launch the Western Challenge Campaign Page:

1. Consider Your Own Gift

  • Lead by example and make your own gift early. It's much easier to ask your friends and family to join you in making a gift when you’ve already done it yourself!

2. Offer a Match (or Challenge)

  • Leverage your gift and encourage others to give via a match or challenge.
  • Consider restricting your match or challenge by your class year, affiliation, or to a list of your friends (by email address) to raise the stakes. See campaign page for details.

3. Share, Share, Share

  • The built-in sharing buttons on the campaign page generate a link that is unique to you. If you share while you're logged in, we can track it and celebrate your impact!
  • Share via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Text Message, Email, Phone Call, Carrier Pigeon…

4. Tell Your Story!

  •  Create a Personal Plea and post it to the campaign page!
  • Film a quick video to share why you’re excited about the campaign, and why others should get involved. Keep it quick, casual, and fun! 

2021 Purple and Gold Day  Schedule of Events

Submit your photo or video showing your support of Leathernecks everywhere to A-Association@wiu.edu by April 24.

8 a.m. Launch the Day with WIU President Guiyou Huang - Watch recorded video HERE

8:30 a.m. Live Virtual Boot Camp Workout with "World's Fittest Man" ... Guinness World Record Holder Joe Decker '98 and his wife, Nicole Decker, Gut Check Fitness Founders - Watch recorded video HERE!

10 a.m. Paint the Paws - CANCELLED due to impending weather conditions